Robert Mugabe died on August 6th this month aged 95. The former Zimbabwean president died at the 258-bed premium hospital called Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore.
What is interesting however is that the hospital that he died at was very pricy, so pricy that many had to look up the costs when they found out he had died there.
According to Gleneagles’ website, its suite is priced at Singapore dollars 7,588 (571,385) a night. Single rooms go for Singapore dollars 668 (50301) a night, while its four-bedroom costs S$259 (19503).
It is rumoured that Mugabe might have stayed in the executive suites for 150 days as he sought medical treatment there. If true the number would amount to Ksh.85,707,750 in the cost of his stay.
The hospital was where Mugabe was first seen in public after the military takeover that ended his authoritarian 37-year regime on December 15, 2017.
Mugabe was a frequent visitor to Singapore, and his stay there during his last days underscored his long connection with the Lion City.
Mugabe, who was Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, had visited Singapore some eight years ago to receive treatment for his eye problems, including cataract surgery.
When he was later seen at Gleneagles Hospital in 2014, his spokesman said he was on a “routine eye check-up following a recent procedure”.
His periodic travels to Singapore had drawn flak from those at home, who said he had allowed Zimbabwe’s once-proud health care system to collapse while seeking medical attention abroad.
Earlier this year it emerged that the Zimbabwean government gave the deposed strongman US$4 million (414,800,000) to cover his hospital expenses, as well as the costs of his two-month stay in Singapore late last year.